DEC 1, 2017 — A newly released FCC Public Notice (WC Docket No. 11-42) announced the postponing of a soft launch of the National Verifier, an initiative that aims to verify subscriber information for Lifeline Program participants.
New Expected Launch of National Verifier
Up until this point, the National Verifier had been on schedule to launch in six states beginning this month. The initiative, born out of the 2016 Lifeline Modernization Order, is now set to launch in early 2018. Once fully implemented, the National Verifier initiative is the next step toward increasing the integrity of the Lifeline Program, which provides low-income American families access to essential communication services.
The delay of the National Verifier soft launch is mainly related to requirements of the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA), an act created to ensure data security within the federal government.
The Wireline Competition Bueau (WCB) stated in the FCC Public Notice that “to fulfill this responsibility and protect the security of Lifeline applicants’ personal information, we expect that a postponement until early 2018 will provide USAC with sufficient time to complete all FISMA requirements prior to the initial launch of the National Verifier.”